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NV Energy proposes two solar plus battery storage projects

Nevada Utility, NV Energy has proposed to build two large-scale solar-plus-storage plants to replace coal plants in a recent announcement.

As a part of the company's triennial Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) NV Energy will replace the 522MW North Valmy Generation Station in Winnemucca, Nevada, with 600MW of solar with 480MW of battery storage across the two planned sites. These projects will replace coal-fired North Valmy Generation Station by 2025.

First project, will be Iron Point Solar Project, combining 250MW of solar PV system with 200MW of battery storage in Nevada's Humboldt County with an expected in-service date of December 2023.

Second project, Hot Pot Solar Project will also come up in Humboldt County, combining 350MW of solar PV system with 280MW of battery storage with an expected in-service date of December 2024.

Both these projects are being developed and built by Primergy Solar.

"NV Energy's updated IRP demonstrates a commitment to helping Nevada achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and builds upon the environmental, economic and reliability benefits that Greenlink Nevada, our new transmission initiative, will bring to our state and our customers," said Doug Cannon, President and CEO of NV Energy.

"This plan outlines several innovative ways we are ensuring safe and reliable service in a changing climate and meeting the growing and evolving energy needs of our customers."

As per reports, NE Energy is also building three grid-tied battery energy storage systems in northern Nevada. These BESS will provide 66MW of energy storage capacity which will be dispatched during high demand.

The decision on IRP filing is expected to be out by the year-end. 

Author : Shraddha Kakade
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